IWM Blog

  • Blog: Memorials

    And Their Name Liveth for Evermore - Researching your Local War Memorial

    War memorials can be researched from various angles: military, social, and family history, and also as artistic objects. The memorials can take the form of the traditional cross in the churchyard or town square, a commemorative plaque or window, or a more practical memorial, and Andover has examples of all of these.
  • Image of We Are Poppy project, courtesy of Lotti Terry
    Blog: First World War

    We Are Poppy

    One hundred years ago, in November 1920, thousands of women wrote letters to the government asking to be part of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey on 11 November. They were convinced that the Unknown Warrior being buried there that day was their son. This was just one of the stories our young team unearthed in our quest to find out how the Great War affected women’s mental health. We wanted to find out what has changed for women in the past 100 years and which challenges women still face today.
  • Illustration from film produced by Squeaky Pedal and FRWLx
    Blog: Second World War

    The Making of Our Stories, The Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain is one of the most important events in the history of Britain. But understanding those who were there, who fought, suffered and endured, allows us not only to understand those events, but connect us directly to those ‘few’ who gave so much not only to the many, but to all future generations.
  • Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK. 14.09.2016. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Performance of 'Contagion'

    14-18 NOW Project Spotlight: Contagion by Shobana Jeyasingh

    In 2018 as part of the 1418 NOW programme, Shobana Jeyasingh premiered their project ‘Contagion’ at the Gynamisum Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed and then toured across the UK. It explored the impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, which killed more people than World War One. The performance explores the speed in which a virus can spread and its destructive nature to the body.
  • Ten Sandhurst officer cadets, pictured in 1915
    Copyright Dr Frances Hurd
    Blog: Personal Stories

    They also served - remembering obscure lives from the First World War

    The chance find of an evocative photograph launched me on a quest to trace the lives and deaths of ten men and their family before and after the war. Of these ten Sandhurst officer cadets, three won the Military Cross and one became a general. Incidentally, all my subjects volunteered during the first two weeks of September 1914. However, like thousands of other volunteers, some in this group became casualties before they made any contribution to the war. There were also those who for various reasons sought a way out. Here are some of their stories.
  • Blog: First World War

    Mapping the Centenary – Project Case Studies (Part Two)

    Our third Case Study project is ‘BAME Seafarers in the First World War’, which was coordinated by the University of Portsmouth.
  • The 'Peace Field Project', National Children's Football Alliance.
    Blog: First World War

    Mapping the Centenary – Project Case Studies (Part One)

    In this first of a two-part blog, we hear from commemorative projects that have submitted listings for our digital portal, Mapping the Centenary. We invited contributors to reveal greater detail about the topics of their respective activities, what they sought to achieve, as well as to share a few ‘best practice’ tips based on their experiences.
  • Tomoe Gozen in the Battle of Awazu, by Utagawa Yoshikazu.
    Blog: Arts and Culture

    Akabane Swords and the end of the Second World War

    What comes to mind when you think of art looted during wartime? Or the kind of weapons used during the Second World War? In both cases, swords are probably not your first choice.
  • War-time traffic on the River Thames: River Police at Waterloo Bridge during the Battle of Britain. Oil painting by John Edgar Platt.
    © IWM ART LD 2642
    Blog: Arts and Culture

    Researching the paintings of London during the Blitz owned by the IWM

    Wartime London in Paintings tells the story of the artists commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) who lived and worked in London and how they interacted with the Committee to produce a body of work which today gives us a fresh insight into the city’s wartime history.
  • A still from camera gun film shows tracer ammunition from a Spitfire of No. 609 Squadron, hitting a Heinkel He 111 which was part of the formation that attacked Filton on 25 September 1940.
    © IWM CH 1823
    Blog: Home Front

    Remembering Vivian Roberts, 80 years on

    The lockdown and coronavirus restrictions in the spring of 2020 brought about many changes in lifestyles. As I could no longer travel in Britain and Europe, I resolved to walk five miles each day in and around Rogerstone.
  • Blog: Second World War

    During the Battle of France, which takes place from May 10 to June 25, 1940, the German army wedges the British Expeditionary Force and parts of the French army into the Channel area at the northern coast of France. The Germans’ rapid invasion of France is the result of a “sickle-cut attack”, from the north through Holland, coordinated with thrusts through the weak points of the Maginot Line in Belgium, and advancing through the Ardennes up to northern France.
  • Astley Park Memorial, Chorley
    Blog: First World War

    Mapping the Centenary - An Introduction

    Over a four year period, Britain and countries around the world commemorated the centenary of the First World War. What took placebetween August 2014 and November 2018 evidenced the enduring impacts and aftermath of this twentieth century conflict upon communities, regions and nations.